Chatswood High School students in Year 9 to Year 12 have the opportunity to participate in The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award.

The Award is an enriching program that invites young people to participate in a number of activities over a set length of time. Participation is entirely voluntary and is structured so students can design their own unique program centred on their interests and passions.

Students are able to participate in three award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each award has four sections:

  • Physical recreation
  • Skills
  • Service
  • Adventurous journeys.

Students choose an activity in these four area and document their regular participation in these chosen area over a period of three to twelve months.

Students in year 9 complete the Bronze Award, Year 10 students complete Silver and Year 11 and 12 students work through Gold over a 2-year period.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is about setting goals. These goals are realised with persistence, determination and resilience and will see the student become better prepared for life's challenges in the future.

An Information evening about the Award is held early in term 1, with registration and paperwork to be finalised by week 8 term 1. Enquiries can be directed to the CHS Award Leader, Vicki Busse -


2019 information

Bronze registration

Download the Bronze registration form (PDF 2599KB) for more information.

Silver and gold registration 2019

Download the Silver and gold registration form (PDF 1890KB) for more information.

CHS Duke of Edinburgh hike dates 2019

Bronze practice journey

  • Duration: 3 days 2 nights (including 1 day preparation and training)
  • Venue: Somerset Outdoor Learning Centre, Colo NSW 2756
  • Friday 5th April - Sunday 7th April 2019

Getting there: a bus takes the students on the Friday, parents are to arrange pick up at approximately 2pm on the Sunday.

Bronze qualifying journey

  • Duration: 2 day overnight hike
  • Venue: Somerset Outdoor Learning Centre, Upper Colo NSW 2756
  • Saturday 2nd November - Sunday 3rd November 2019

Getting there: arrange own transport to and from Somerset.

Silver practice journey

  • Duration: 3 day, 2 night pack and paddle
  • Venue: Youth Advance, Lake Lyell
  • Option 1: Sunday 7 to Tuesday 9 April 2019 (week 10, Term 1)
  • Option 2: Sunday 12 to Tuesday 14 May 2019 (week 2, Term 2)
  • Option 3: Thursday 30 May to Saturday 1 June 2019 (week 5, Term 2)

Plus Compulsory Training Day (1-day only) 9.00am - 4.00pm

Date TBA

Silver qualifying journey

  • Duration: 3 day, 2 night pack and paddle
  • Venue: Youth Advance, Lake Lyell
  • Option 1: Sunday 4 to Tuesday 6 August 2019 (week 2, Term 3)
  • Option 2: Saturday 24 to Monday 26 August 2019 (week 5, Term 3)
  • Option 3: Sunday 1 to Tuesday 3 September 2019 (week 6, Term 3)

Plus Compulsory Training afternoon (1-afternoon only) 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Date TBA